Holi Dahan is a tradition of enormous significance in the celebration of the festival of Holi. This ritual is celebrated at night, just a day before Holi.
When is Holika Dahan?
Holika Dahan Timing 2020: 18:47 to 21:11
Bhadra Punchha: 09:37 to 10:38
Bhadra Mukha: 10:38 to 12:19
Duration: 02 Hours 25 Mins
Holika Dahan Date
Holika Dahan Date 2019: March 20
Holika Dahan Date 2020: Friday, 20th March 2020
Holika Dahan Date 2021: March 28
This day falls on the night before Purnima, in the month of Falgun. The date and time are decided according to the Hindu calendar.
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Legend Behind Holika Dahan :
Holika Dahan is also known as Kamadu pyre. It is celebrated by burning the devil named Holika on a pyre. As per the legends, there was a king named Hiranyakashyap. He was known as the king of demons. He had a son named Prahlad. Prahlad was the greatest devotee of Lord Vishnu. The king wanted Prahlad not to worship Lord Vishnu. As he was the son of a demon king. And demons are not supposed to worship any God. But Prahlad kept on worshipping Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakashyap got furious with Prahlad and decided to murder his son. He asked his sister, Holika, for help. Holika had a magical cloak.
Hiranyakashyap asked his sister to sit on the burning pyre with Prahlad. So, Holika tricked Prahlad to sit with her in the pyre. Hiranyakashyap believed that the cloak would be able to protect her from burning. But magically the cloak got transferred from Holika to his son. The fire burnt down Holika in ashes. And the fire failed to hurt Prahlad. The result was completely different from what the King predicted. Soon after, Vishnu assassinated Hiranyakashayap and Prahlad became the king.
It is said that no one can hurt the true devotee of God. Prahlad believed in Lord Vishnu and was a true follower. Even after being the son of a demon king, his heart was pure. So, Holika Dahan signifies that evil can never win against goodness. This festival reminds people of the presence of God. It gives a message that God will always protect a pure heart.
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Significance of Holika Dahan
In the evening of Holika Dahan, a pyre is prepared. Then people roast “Jau” in the burning pyre. The roasted “Jau” is then brought to their home. The “Jau” is spread all over the house. According to Hindu mythology, it is an auspicious ritual, as it is believed that burning “Jau” or “Upali” in the fire of Holika Dahan can bring an end to all misery in life. Therefore, all the followers of Hinduism celebrate this day with great significance. Everyone in North India performs this ritual. Holi is played on the next day with Gulaal and Abeer. This festival brings a lot of joy and happiness. It brings everyone together and conveys a beautiful message of the belt he living in good. Holika Dahan holds extreme religious importance in the Hindu religion.